Search Results: "Patricia MacLachlan"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TRUTH OF ME by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Some readers may find the gentle pace lacking in excitement, but for others, Robbie's quietly affecting observations will feel like truth. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Robbie, perhaps 9 or 10 years old, is a bit of a sobersides, a solemn young narrator, given to adult tone and phrasing in his spare, first-person, present-tense account of an unexpected adventure. Read full book review >

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FLY AWAY by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2014

"A story that never cloys, succeeding on all levels. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Filled with little moments of quiet wisdom and gentle humor, Newbery winner MacLachlan's story about family love soars. Read full book review >

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KINDRED SOULS by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"It's rare to find a children's book that deals so well with death as part of life, offering kids an effective approach to coping with sadness that incorporates humor, love and joy. (Fiction. 8-11)"
This spare first-person account of a boy coping with his grandfather's death beautifully portrays something rare and surprisingly valuable: the opportunity to grieve for a loved one even while he is still alive. Read full book review >

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GRANDFATHER’S DANCE by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Cassie and Jack will never forget their grandfather and neither will readers. (Fiction. 8-10)"
The beloved story of Sarah and her family concludes with a touching marriage and a final farewell. Read full book review >

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CALEB’S STORY by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"MacLachlan's appreciative readers will savor this new addition to the chronicle of a delightful family, and many will be hoping for another volume in the series so we can learn precocious Cassie's story as she grows older. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Newbery Medalist MacLachlan continues the story of the Witting family, with the believable characters readers have come to know and love from Sarah, Plain and Tall (1985) and its sequel, Skylark (1994). Read full book review >

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WHITE FUR FLYING by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2013

"Beautifully told, quietly moving and completely satisfying. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A rescued dog saves an unhappy, silent boy in this gentle story about families, fears and courage. Read full book review >

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YOU WERE THE FIRST by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"More than the children it ostensibly targets, new parents will appreciate this tender celebration of the parent-first baby bond that grows as fast as the little one does. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Two doting parents celebrate the many milestones of their first child. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"An approachable lead-in that serves to fill in the background both for confirmed fans and readers new to the series. (finished illustrations, afterword and resource list not seen) (Historical fiction. 8-10)"
This prelude slips neatly into the classic series with a rural idyll that comes to a sudden, tragic end. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Glorious. (biographical note, artist's note, further reading) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
If indeed the "child is father to the man," Newbery medalist MacLachlan's poetic, careful and concentrated text captures the essence of Matisse's childhood experiences and draws powerful parallels with his later life and work. Read full book review >

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NORA'S CHICKS by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Like her novels, MacLachlan's latest picture book is a heartwarming—but never saccharine—tale with an old-fashioned feel. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This low-key slice of life, apparently adapted from the author's grandmother's experiences as an immigrant child, offers a glimpse of another time and reminds young listeners that friends, whether feathered or human, are among life's sweetest gifts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"Both doting grandparents and their faraway grandchildren can appreciate the message of this unabashedly sentimental tribute, an obvious gift book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Missing a grandchild in a distant tropical country, a grandmother remembers their times together and reflects that they share the same moon. Read full book review >

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THE TRUE GIFT by Patricia MacLachlan
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Floca's delicate, full-page pencil illustrations complement the text with understated emotion. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Newbery Medalist MacLachlan offers a quietly moving Christmas story that illustrates the power of children to change their world. Read full book review >